Ragam Dheerasankarabaranam (29th Melakarta), commonly known as Sankarabaranam.

From  the book MS & Radha by  Gowri Ramnarayan

” More than any other raga, MS was identified with Sankarabaranam. Her kritis were each a  gem – Akshaya linga vibho, Sarojadala netri, Shri Dakshinamurte, Sankaracharyam, Shri Chandrasekhara yatindram …

Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer noted several special qualities about her voice. It was not just pleasing and pitch perfect but had a reenkaram (reverberation), sounding the same up close and at a distance; it was not distorted or weakened when you heard it from different directions. It had gatram (weight), and remarkable continuity, ” When you strike a temple bell, the echo continues after the sound ends, until the next striking. Her voice has that quality. when she stops singing, the naadam (sound) continues. He was to call her Gandaralakshmi

1. Indu mukhi Ata Tala Varnam, Composer Svati Tirunal

 

2. Sarajodalentri in Talam Adi, Composer Shyama Sastri (United Nations, 1966)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin,T.K. Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Kanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

Ragam

Kriti and Neraval at the line samagana vinodini gunadama shyamakrishnanute

 

3. Akshayalinga Vibho in Talam Mishra Chapu, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (RR Sabha 1960)
Accompanists : M.S.Gopalakrishnan – Violin

Ragam

Kriti and Neraval at the line badarivana mula nayika sahita

 

4. Swara raga sudha in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja

Neraval at the line muladharaja nada meruguta

 

5. Artha Piravi, Composer Manikkavachakar
Neraval at the line Vartaiyum pesi valai silamba vilaiyadi

 

6. Pogadiralo Ranga in Talam Ata, Composer Purandaradasa (Hampi 1964)
Neraval at the line sura munigalu tamma

 

7. Navaratri Kriti – Devi JagajJanani in Talam Adi, Composer Swati Tirunal (Krishna Gana Sabha 1970)

8. Emi Neramu in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja (MA 1960)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, Thiruvaalangaadu N.Sundaresa Aiyar – Violin, T.K.Murthy – Mridangam, Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam

Ragam

Kriti and Neraval at the line dIna bandhuvani devadevudani

 

9. Kailasa Kaladi followed by Sankaracharyam in Talam Adi, Composer Subbarama Dikshithar

Ragam

Kriti and Neraval at the line parama jnanalatalavalam

 

10. Endukku peddala in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja (Krishna Gana Sabha 1959)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, R.K.Venkatarama Shastri – Violin, V.Nagarajan – Mridangam, Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam

Ragam

Kriti and Neraval at the line veda sastra purana tatvarthamu thelisi

 

11. Sri Dakshinamurte in Talam Mishra Jhampa, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (Chennai 1969)

 

12. Lokodharana Karanam Viruttam followed by Sri Chandrasekhara Yateendram in Talam

Viruttam

Kriti

 

13. Sadasiva upasmahe in Talam Adi, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (Dikshithar Day, Music Academy 1970)
Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support,Kandadevi Alagiriswamy – Violin, T.K. Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Kanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

Neraval at the line vama deva vyasa sukadi vandita

 

14. Idhu Nalla Tarunam Thiruvarutpa (Tamil Isai Sangam, 1973)

Ragam Tanam Pallavi

1.RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam  : Saravana bhava guru guha shanmukha saminathane

Chaturashra jati Rupaka tala (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 2/4ths (1/2) of the first beat; arudi karvai of 3/4ths

Concert  at Madras Music Academy on 27th Dec,1964
Accompanists : Sri Tiruvalangadu N. Sundaresa Iyer (Violin), T. K. Murthy (Mridangam), Umayalpuram N. Kodandarama Iyer (Ghatam)

 

2.RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam : Dasharathe Karunapayonidhe Inakulatilaka

Adi (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai is 3/4ths of the beat
Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 25,1971
Accompanists: Radha Viswanathan – Vocal, Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami – Violin, T.K.Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Khanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

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